The federal government could help spur the adoption of precision agriculture practices in a number of ways, including increased research funding and assistance to farmers for enhancing data analysis, the Government Accountability Office says.
Two strategies to address endangered species reviews of farm inputs at the Environmental Protection Agency are moving forward, but ag and environmental groups want important changes before either policy is finalized.
In an effort to reduce impacts to endangered species, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to roll out a strategy next month that will take what the agency says is a broad approach to reducing runoff and spray drift from herbicide applications, officials told an advisory group last week.
Concerns are growing in the U.S. that the European Union’s push to cut pesticide usage in half under the Farm to Fork scheme could have a major impact on the ability of U.S. farmers to export to buyers in the 27-nation bloc.
Specialty crop producers are looking to the next farm bill to expand crop insurance options and provide increased funding to address a number of challenges facing the sector, including needs for automation and development of new, safer pesticides.